|Plot Summary of The Weaver and the Factory Maid|
Dunne, Dec 2003, 22.95, 192 pp.
Due to a cash flow problem, caused by loans and an energy investment, Scottish land owner Albert Wychsale cannot pay in money the house restoration debt he owes folk musician Rupert “Ringan” Laine. Instead he gives the Brit free lodging in the eighteenth century Lumbe's cottage near the restored Wychsale House.
Ringan and his girlfriend theater producer and actress Penelope Wintercraft-Hawkes move in their new abode. Quickly they feel cold air and other eerie phenomena that lead the duo and their pal Jane to conclude the house is haunted. They research the official and unauthorized historical records until the trio learns of the 1817 homicide. George Roeper killed his sister and her lover when he saw them lying down together. How to allow the ghosts to find rest is what the three humans struggle to achieve.
THE WEAVER AND THE FACTORY MAID is the first tale in a series based on popular ballads. The story of Betsy and Bill is fun to follow, but if readers expect Spielberg's Poltergeist or Straub's Ghost Story, they need to turn to the originals. Instead, this novel is an amiable tale about three nice humans trying to help spirits move on. Fun and original, but no scares with this fine plot.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The Weaver and the Factory Maid|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- solving long-past murder
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- the ghost chased me!
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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